Augusta National's Social Progress

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Vol 48 Issue 35

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Michelle Lokey and Grant Bergen

Michelle Lokey and Grant Bergen were united in marriage Saturday in a lovely ceremony during which, let’s face it, it crossed every guest’s mind at one point or another that the couple was going to have some real pale and mole-y children.
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Augusta National's Social Progress

Augusta National Golf Club finally extended membership to women on Aug. 20, 2012, admitting Condoleezza Rice and Darla Moore. Onion Sports takes a look at the club’s 80-year history of enlightenment and tolerance.

  • 1935: Unknowingly admits first gay member
  • 1940: Permits wives of members to sniff grass on shoes of male members after they leave the premises
  • 1964: Lynching tree removed
  • 1975: Begins paying black employees
  • 1983: Players are no longer required to use Augusta’s all-black club caddies at the Masters, though white caddies still must dance and play the jug in between holes
  • 1987: Official handicap parking sign installed, replacing previous one that just made a lot of fun of disabled people
  • 1990: Ron Townsend becomes the first black member of Augusta after assuring the governing board that he is rich, unpleasant, and disparaging toward women
  • 1997: Tiger Woods breaks down Augusta’s racial barriers by becoming the first Thai man to win the Masters
  • 2012: Extends invitations to two women for the first time in its history, a testament to the notion that the club’s attitudes have progressed into last century

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